Maine Hockey Journal

Everything is All Wright

Lewiston, Me- After starting the first three games with Jonathan Connelly in net, Ed Harding gave Phillip Wright his shot for the Maineiacs. The training camp invitee led the Lewiston Maineiacs to the 4-1 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes in front of the home crowd at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Marc Bourgeois continues to put the puck in the net. He recorded his third goal of the season to give the Maineiacs the 1-0 lead. Billy Lacasse, Michael Chaput, and Matt Bourdeau were the other goal scorers for Lewiston. Dave Labrecque was the only Cataractes player to get the puck past Wright.

Both teams came out with energy but Lewiston struck first, just 1:24 into the contest. Marc Bourgeois stuffed the puck into the net off an Etienne Brodeur shot. Tom Michalik got the secondary assist. The Maineiacs kept the pressure up. Michael Ward was awarded a penalty shot when he was hauled down on a break away. Ward couldn’t get the biscuit past Erwin Bosum.

There was a 4 on 3 situation in Shawinigan’s favor after a bench minor was called and Michael Ward went to the box for interference. Charles-Olivier Roussel was in the box for the Cataractes. Lewiston was able to clear the puck when Shawinigan was able to get deep into Lewiston’s defensive zone.

With 4:55 remaining in the period, Billy Lacasse received a home run pass from Michael Ward and let a snap shot go to make it 2-0. Shawinigan would get a goal back on the powerplay when Dave Labrecque was alone in the slot and Phillip Wright couldn’t get set for the shot in time at the 16:35 mark of the first. Nicholas Petersen and Charles-Olivier Roussel grabbed a point on the play. Shawinigan almost tied it up when Brodeur went to block the shot and knuckled puck its way past the far post.

Matt Bourdeau had a great chance when he crashed the net 28 seconds into the second stanza. After a few minutes of Shawinigan controlling the play, Michael Chaput recorded his first career goal with Sean Stagles getting the only assist. Chaput had another chance but he couldn’t break away but drew a penalty. Matt Bourdeau skated in down the Shawinigan side boards take a snap shot at the left circle dot and Bosum didn’t have enough time to react. The goal came at the 13:12 mark with Patrick Cusack and Brodeur getting the assists. A few minutes after the goal, Brodeur drilled Tommy Gauthier in the back. Brodeur was called a five minute major for checking behind and a game misconduct. That came with 4:57 to go in the second. Lewiston killed the five minute major off.

At the 9:29 mark, Michael Chaput finished his check in front of the Cataractes bench. Eric Bouchard and Ashton Bernard went to the box for two seperate penalties. Shawinigan had a great chance on the five on three when the puck hit the post. Lewiston had one great chance on the powerplay. Phillip Wright made a quick save from a shot with no angle. Lewiston would have two man advantage with under five minutes left. Shawinigan pulled its goalie in the final two minutes.

Phillip Wright made 20 saves. Shawinigan used both of their goalies. Erwin Bosum made 15 saves on 19 shots in forty minutes of action. Gabriel Girard stopped all seven shots he saw in the third period. The Maineiacs still couldn’t get the powerplay going; they went 0 for 7. Shawinigan also had seven chances and their only goal came on the powerplay. The three stars were:

3. Eric Gelinas (Lewiston)

2. Etienne Brodeur (Lewiston)

1. Phillip Wright (Lewiston)

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